Members of the South Sudan Civil Society Alliance (SSCSA) during a peaceful demonstration Monday calling for the prosecution of corrupt government officials. [Gurtong/ Waakhe Simon Wudu]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 13 June 2012 [Gurtong] – The South Sudan Civil Society Alliance (SSCSA) on Monday called for immediate investigations into activities of past and current government officials whom President Salva Kiir Mayardit said have misappropriated close to $ 4 billion.
The group also called for the immediate involvement of the Ministry of Interior and the South Sudan Anti- Corruption Commission in championing the move and recommending those found guilty for prosecution.
“We above all, call up on your office to reveal to the public the names of the suspects of corruption. It is a public concern because the suspects betrayed the trust given to them by the public and therefore the public deserves the right to know those who have robbed their meager resources”, said the group in a petition to President Kiir.
Last week, President Kiir announced that an amnesty will be extended to current and past South Sudanese government officials who will return embezzled public funds.
He issued a notice asking the officials who have deposited stolen moneys in secret bank accounts overseas and said the amnesty will substitute impending prosecution.
“Those who will return the stolen money will not be embarrassed because they will remain anonymous. If funds are returned the government of the Republic of South Sudan will grant amnesty and will keep your name confidential. I and only one other official will have access to this information”, President Kiir assured.
According to the President’s letter, over US $4 billion remained unaccounted for between the years 2005 and 2006.